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Worker charged with trying to clear felons for voting in Granville

Posted April 5

Joy Yvette Wilkerson

— A woman hired to help the Granville County Board of Elections prepare for the 2016 elections has been charged with trying to change voter records so dozens of convicted felons could vote, authorities said.

Joy Yvette Wilkerson, 41, of 101 Cheatham Lane, was arrested Monday on two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of unlawful voter registration and was released on a $14,000 bond.

Sheriff Brindell Wilkins said Wilkerson was hired in 2015 by a staffing agency tasked with filling temporary positions with the county elections board to prepare for the 2016 election. Last summer, elections director Tonya Burnette determined during a routine review of a mailing list that Wilkerson had been changing voter records without authorization and had made about 250 convicted felons eligible to vote, the sheriff said.

Burnette notified the State Board of Elections, which investigated and turned its findings over to the Granville County District Attorney's Office to pursue criminal charges.

County and state elections officials worked together to ensure all changes allegedly made by Wilkerson were corrected before the November election, the sheriff said.

The state Republican Party quickly used the case to illustrate the need for screens such as photo identification at the polls.

"Incidents like these prove that attempts to encourage illegal voting, violate the law and manipulate our voting process do exist and must be countered with strong voter fraud protections," GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement.


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  • Kiara Babel May 30, 8:45 p.m.
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    I wonder what party she supports. Mmmm?

  • Clif Bardwell Apr 6, 12:53 p.m.
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    I wasn't talking about the article, I was referring to the posted comments.

    You are a perfect example. By your logic, we don't have any murders because we catch all of them.

  • Pete Knowles Apr 6, 12:41 p.m.
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    Clif, no one has said that no one was wrong. Clearly, this article states that something was done, found, and the person will be prosecuted. Your assertion is unfounded, since culpability has been admitted and assessed. Also, no one has said there is NO voted fraud, but like I stated before, .00000013% is such a small percentage, to say it could affect an election is ridiculous.

  • Billy Baker Apr 6, 11:30 a.m.
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    How is it that we are all over wanting to "fix" election security when Russia is involved but turn a blind eye to the fraud that occurs at home. Types like this are easily caught as they should be, but we need voter ID laws. All American citizens have that ability to get an ID and thus it should be required to vote just as it is to buy beer, cigarettes, or drive.

  • Clif Bardwell Apr 6, 11:14 a.m.
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    So, we go from "There is no such thing as voter fraud" to "Well, this was just an isolated event" to "Well the republicans do it too."

    No one on the left will ever admit they are wrong. They will ignore, justify, and explain but refuse to acknowledge.

  • Ben Hill Apr 6, 9:55 a.m.
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    If there is a national average of voter fraud then it exists, regardless of the use of qualifiers such as "barely". As you said, the checks put in place caught this isolated incident, however other occurrences have not been stopped. So the real ignorance here is being dismissive of voter fraud by saying that it barely exists. It exists, period.

  • Kerry Harpe Apr 6, 2:12 a.m.
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    How about getting the Russians out of the voting process first...

  • James Daniels Apr 5, 11:07 p.m.
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    Every board of elections in every county I have lived in across the state take voting integrity seriously. By the way, if poll workers are suspicious of a person's identity; they can ask for ID now. This is a case where the system caught the person involved and she is being prosecuted. Robin Hayes conveniently left out of his comments that several GOP workers have already been charged with fraud in the elections process across the country. It seems attempts to rig an election are bi-partisan.

  • Jeffrey Derry Apr 5, 9:45 p.m.
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    Not good am glad that they are taking voter integrity seriously

  • Jay Hurst Apr 5, 7:59 p.m.
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    Actually, it looks like the processes in place did the job. And no Voter ID would have prevented this registration offense.